Light in the Dark With the days still short and uncertainty rampant, sometimes we all need a little light in the dark. And all light begins with a spark. Although the holidays are over, I hope these stories will brighten your day and provide sparks of inspiration. Light in the Dark The first of these is my short story, “Winter Daughter: A Yule Tale,” recently nominated for Spillwords “Publication of the Month.” Winter Daughter: A Yule Tale Winter Daughter: A Yule Tale You may have noticed one of my latest illustrations in “Winter Daughter: A Yule Tale.” This is the full watercolor painting! Winter Daughter Watercolor Illustration in “Winter Daughter: A Yule Tale” on Spillwords.com Original (12×9) – $108 | Giclée Print (14×11) – $46 |Canvas Print (20×16) – $128 Sometimes stories inspire art, and sometimes art inspires stories. I honestly think that we can find inspiration in almost anything. That is what this poem is about. Although the holidays are over, the winter is not, and sometimes the smallest things can keep us going. A Little Cheer: Sparks in the Darkness Some memories are like snapshots and wordless impressions. I remember that it was a tiny apartment, full of empty spaces. Sometimes it felt like loneliness, but other times like solitude and safety. It was another Christmas alone, and the decorations felt too heavy, too much. But a string of lights, I could handle that. As I stood in the Christmas aisle, a bit overwhelmed yet determined, I saw them. Keep Reading on Vocal If you enjoyed these, you can read more of my work here. I’m sending you lots of love as we press through the winter days and toward spring. It’s not far away, and it is coming.